Pedal Power: How Boris Johnson Failed London's Cyclists

Pedal Power: How Boris Johnson Failed London's Cyclists

Sonia Purnell

From the writer of simply Boris, the acclaimed and arguable new biography of Boris Johnson, comes a quick polemical research into the London Mayor’s much-vaunted biking Revolution. while Boris campaigned within the mayoral election of 2008 he hardly ever grew to become as much as a photo-call with out his trusty motorcycle. His promise used to be to show London into the best two-wheeled urban on the earth, the place as many folks commuted by means of bicycle as had performed a century earlier than. yet after a lot fanfare, and hundreds of thousands spent on ‘Super Highways’ and ‘Boris Bikes’, it sounds as if he has became his again on cyclists in favour of the gas-guzzling motorists of London’s Conservative heartlands. Worse nonetheless, even if the biking Revolution has introduced extra motorcycles onto the roads, it's been observed via an alarming expense of crashes.

With a similar forensic zeal she utilized to only Boris, Sonia Purnell separates truth from fiction to bare how ‘the biking mayor’ has failed on his maximum ambition for London, and gives a well timed perception into what Londoners can anticipate from one other time period of the blond at the motorcycle. Sonia Purnell is a author and freelance journalist dwelling in London and is the writer of the acclaimed biography simply Boris: A story of Blond Ambition. She labored heavily with Boris Johnson within the day-by-day Telegraph’s Brussels bureau within the early Nineties at a turning element in his own existence and dealing occupation.

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